On Monday, smoke filled the L’Enfant Plaza metro station in downtown Washington. A total of 84 people were reported to have been hospitalized with several injuries. One passenger was critically injured and succumbed to their injuries.
The train, headed to the Pentagon station, made it about 200 feet before stopping and quickly filling up with smoke. The plan was to back up the train to the platform but communication was lost and another train was blocking the way. Passengers had to wait almost an hour before being evacuated from the six-car train and being led out of the tunnel.
The cause of the smoke has yet to be determined but a fire has been ruled out. Passengers described the smoke as translucent and said that a black residue was left over their clothes and bodies. The smoke was enough to suspend the services of other trains.